Larry and His Flask

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Larry and His Flask
Summer of 2011 Photo by Lisa Johnson
Summer of 2011 Photo by Lisa Johnson
Background information
OriginRedmond and Bend, Oregon United States
GenresFolk punk, bluegrass, punk rock
Years active2003–present
LabelsXtra Mile Recordings
Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club
Associated actsWoebegone, Guardians of the Underdog, Hot Club of Bend, Zombie Co-Pilot, Mr. Potato, Grimsbeard, Thirdseven
MembersAndrew Carew
Ian Cook
Jamin Marshall
Jeshua Marshall
Kirk Skatvold
Past membersGreg Johnson
Brian Martin
Beau Batts
Billy Mickelson
Dallin Bulkley

Larry and His Flask is a self styled "Post-Americana" rock band from Bend, Oregon, USA. Touring extensively they have supported several bands such as Frank Turner,[1] Dropkick Murphys,[2] Streetlight Manifesto, Strung Out, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Trampled By Turtles as well as embarking on full Canadian and American tours by themselves. Since shifting to acoustic instruments busking has also been a part of their tours stating in an interview, "We play a lot of street corners if we are low on gas money."[3]

They have played at various festivals; the largest to date being the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, with Alternative Press putting them on their 10 Must See Under-The-Radar Warped Tour Acts list.[4]

History[edit]

Brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall formed the group in 2003 beginning as a 3-piece punk rock band with Greg Johnson.[5] The name Larry and His Flask comes from a fictional character created by Jamin Marshall around the time of the formation of the band. With Jesse Marshall playing electric bass at the time and Jamin Marshall on drums Greg Johnson played electric guitar and were soon joined by Ian Cook who played lead guitar. The next addition was another long-time friend Beau Batts replacing Jamin on drums bringing him to the front as lead vocalist. According to the band they, "spent its first half-decade stuck in a primordial, punk-rock goop" where the goal was always "party over perfection."[6] During this time a number of albums were self-released with different line ups. The most consistent at that point being Jamin Marshall (vocals), Jesse Marshall (bass), Ian Cook (lead guitar), Beau Batts (drums) and Brian Martin (rhythm guitar) from 2005 to 2007. In this time The Lost Seamen and We're Going Dancin' Tonight[7] were released and short tours around the surrounding states with another local band, Zombie Co-Pilot, were commonplace. Brian Martin then left, leaving Ian as the sole guitarist.

Continuing as a quartet, they continued to tour, also playing a date at the 2007 Vans Warped Tour.[8] The next full-length release was Never Long Gone! in mid-2008, with their first full Canadian tour. However, not long after arriving back home, Beau Batts also left the band.

In late 2008, the band radically changed its sound. They switched to acoustic instruments and guitarist Ian Cook took over lead vocals, moving original vocalist Jamin Marshall back to drums. While changing the dynamic within the remaining members, guitarist Dallin Bulkley as well as mandolinist Kirk Skatvold and banjoist Andrew Carew from the now defunct Zombie Co-Pilot were recruited, as well as others from more local bands, adding multi-part harmonies to its punk rock roots to round out the new sound. It was at this point that Larry and His Flask grew to 11 members[9] for a short time with the addition of an accordion, fiddle, and cello among other instruments before coming to the 6 that are now the current members.

The band's first full-length since this stylistic change, 'All That We Know', was released by Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club in July 2011.[citation needed]

Larry and His Flask performed on the entire 2011 Vans Warped Tour and toured in support of Pentimento bands Streetlight Manifesto and Lionize on separate tours in 2011.

After appearing on the final leg of the 2012 Warped Tour, Larry and his Flask toured with international recording artist Frank Turner on his 2012 US tour and his 2013 UK tour.[citation needed]

In June 2014, while on tour, they had their van and equipment totaling $24,000 stolen in Cayce, SC.[10]

Current members[edit]

  • Kirk Skatvold- Mandolin, trumpet, acoustic guitar, backup vocals
  • Andrew Carew - Banjo, trombone, trumpet, acoustic guitar, lead and backup vocals
  • Ian Cook - Lead vocals, electric guitar
  • Jamin Marshall - Drums, vocals
  • Jeshua Marshall - Double bass, harmonica, euphonium

Discography[edit]

Full-length albums[edit]

  • We're Going Dancing Tonight (2006)
  • Never Long Gone! (2008)
  • Gutted (2008)
  • All That We Know (2011)
  • By The Lamplight (2013)
  • This Remedy (2018)
  • Everything Besides (2019)

EPs[edit]

  • Larry and His Flask (2010)
  • Hobo's Lament (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ": Frank Turner 2012 Canada tour".
  2. ^ ": Your Music Magazine Interview". yourmusicmagazine.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  3. ^ ": mxdwn.com interview". mxdwn.com. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ ":alt press". altpress.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  5. ^ ":amp interview". AMP. 9 November 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  6. ^ ": About". larryandhisflask.com. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  7. ^ ":We're Going Dancin' Tonight album". thirdseven.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  8. ^ ": acrn.com interview". acrn.com. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  9. ^ ":Best New Bands interview". bestnewbands.com. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  10. ^ Turner, Dakarai (9 June 2014). "Band on Tour Has Van, Gear Stolen in Cayce". WLTX.

External links[edit]

Larry and His Flask discography at MusicBrainz